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Edgar Dutra Zanotto

Unprecedented tribute

Professor and researcher Edgar Dutra Zanotto, from the Department of Materials Engineering of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), has won the George W. Morey Prize, offered by the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). The tribute recognizes the most relevant research in the field of science and the technology of glass. This is the first time that it has been awarded to a Latin American researcher. On the list of those honored is Charles Kuen Kao, a Nobel Prize laureate for his work on light transmission in optical fibers. “This is a prize for researchers with a career of at least 20 years. It was awarded for all the research that has been carried out in the Laboratory of Vitreous Materials (LaMaV) at UFSCar over the last three decades,” Zanotto told Agência FAPESP. The researcher founded LaMaV in January 1977 and still coordinates the laboratory today. During this time, he has focused mainly on studying the controlled crystallization process of glass and its properties. He has also worked on the development of new vitro-ceramic materials.